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Arthur Henry Reginald Buller was born August 14, 1874 at Moseley, Birmingham, England. He was educated at Queen's College, Taunton, London (B.Sc. in 1896) and at the universities of Birmingham (D. Sc.), Leipzig Ph. D), and Munich. He also worked briefly for the staff of the University of Birmingham and the Naples Zoological Station.
In 1904, Buller was appointed the first professor of Botany and Geology at the University of Manitoba, one of the original six professors hired by the University. Buller served as Head of the Botany Department until his retirement in 1936, after which he became Professor Emeritus. A tireless worker, Buller won international recognition for his work on fungi and wheat rust. He also actively campaigned to focus public attention upon the University's problems, including the inadequacy of its downtown campus.
He was awarded an L.L.B. from the University of Manitoba in 1924 and was made a professor emeritus on his retirement in 1936. In 1963, the Science Building at the University of Manitoba was renamed the Buller Biological Laboratories.
Buller was president of the Botanical Society of America in 1928, and vice-president in 1926. He acted as vice-president of the Mycological Society of America in 1936. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1909 and President of the Society in 1927. He was awarded the Flavelle Medal in 1929. In 1937 Buller became a member of the Royal Society of London and winner of its Royal Medal. Honorary degrees came from many universities, including a D.Sc. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1933, a D.L. from the University of Calcutta in 1937, and an L.L.D. from Saskatchewan in 1928. Buller served as President of the British Mycological Society in 1913, President of the Canadian Phytopathological Society in 1920, and President of the Botanical Society of America in 1928. He died in Winnipeg on 3 July 1944.
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A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available at the link below.
MSS 184 (A.04-25): http://umanitoba.ca/libraries/units/archives/collections/complete_holdings/ead/html/buller.shtml
We gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Ralph & Doreen Estey Family Endowment Fund Collection in the creation of this finding aid.
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